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SIGNIFICANT DATES

APRIL 2: DURGA ASHTMI

APRIL 3: RAMANAVAMI

APRIL 7: MAHAVIR JAYANTI

APRIL 9: HANUMAN JAYANTI

APRIL 14: BAISAKHI

Other Area Events

By NITISH S. RELE - editor@khaasbaat.com

TAMPA/ST. PETERSBURG/CLEARWATER

APRIL 4: ANNUAL BAISAKHI CELEBRATIONS; organized by the Punjabi Association of America; India Cultural Center, 5511 Lynn Road, Tampa; 6:30-7:30 p.m. hors d'oeuvres; program begins at 7:30 p.m.; featuring Ali Pervez Mehdi, Kashmira Nayak, UF Gator Bhangra, among others; $30 per person, $100 VIP; for tickets, call Amrita Bedi at (352) 650-4667 or e-mail bediamrita@hotmail.com or Dr. Devindra Kahlon at (407) 765-0660 (Orlando calls).

APRIL 8: BUSINESS MEETING; organized by the INDOUS Chamber of Commerce with Florida Association of Physicians of Indian origin (FAPI); 6:30 p.m.; Quorum Hotel, 700 N. Westshore Blvd., Tampa; topic presented by Dr. J. James Rowsey is "How the Healthcare Reform will affect you;" for more information, visit www.indous.org

APRIL 8: PRATIMA: REFLECTION; Indian classical dance presented by Nrityagram Dance Ensemble of India; 8 p.m.; tickets start at $29.50; Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center, 1010 N. W.C. MacInnes Place, Tampa; for information, call (813) 229-7827 or visit www.tbpac.org

APRIL 11: HINDUSTANI CLASSICAL VOCAL CONCERT; presented by the Music Lovers of Tampa Bay; performers are renowned singer Arati Ankalikar-Tikekar with Harshad Kanetkar on the tabla and Milind Kulkarni on the harmonium; 7:30 p.m.; Carrollwood Cultural Center-Annex, 13345 Casey Road, Tampa. tickets (4) are $100 for sponsors; general admission is $20 for adults and $12 for children 12 years of age and younger; for tickets and more information, call Satish Ankalikar at (813) 960-3443 or (813) 435-8086, Naeem Abrahani at (813) 899-0920 or 813-323-6452, or Avinash Deshpande at (727) 742-6680.

APRIL 15: ICC INDIAN SENIOR GET-TOGETHER; 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at ICC, Lotus Hall, 5511 Lynn Road, Tampa; lunch served; free for seniors and everyone else is invited; for information or a ride, call John Adhia at (813) 784-6930 or Ram Jakhotia at (813) 962-4172.

APRIL 19 AND APRIL 26: ESSAY WRITING COMPETITION FOR GRADES 3-12; presented by Pehchaan; essay writing from 9:30 a.m. to noon April 19; awards ceremony at 2 p.m. April 26; Carrollwood Cultural Center, 4537 Lowell Road, Tampa; pre-registration fee by April 11 is $5 per child; on April 19, pre-registration fee is $8; for family of two or more, $6 per child; for more information, call Nandini Bandyopadhyay at (813) 558-9328, Ushma Shah at (813) 333-2946, Sushama Kirtikar at (813) 810-2470 or e-mail pehchaantampabay@yahoo.com

APRIL 26: ISLAMIC CHARITY FESTIVAL; organized by the Tampa Bay Muslim Alliance; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Riverfront Park, 1000 North Boulevard; for more information, call (813) 661-6161 or email hnagamia786@aol.com MAY 10: MOTHER'S DAY PICNIC; organized by the Gujarati Samaj of Tampa Bay; Fort DeSoto Park, St. Petersburg; for more details, call Dr. C.J. Patel at (813) 960-8450 or visit www.gujaratisamaj.org

ORLANDO

APRIL 5: HSCF NEW AGE SENIORS MEETING; organized by the Hindu Society of Central Florida New Age; Hindu Society of Central Florida; 1994 Lake Drive, Casselberry; 1:30 p.m.; eye surgeon Vrinda S. Hershberger will present a seminar on eye care and answer questions; afterward, games such as carom board, cards, chess and a Study Circle will be held; traditional Indian snacks and tea will be served; for more information, e-mail hscfnewagegroup@yahoo.com or call Madan Arora at (407) 971-9259, Dev Sharma at (407) 862-9920.

APRIL 11: GUJARATI DRAMA "FAMILY NU FRUITSALAD,; organized by the Gujarati Society of Central Florida; free for 2009 society members; for non-members, tickets are $30 per person; 7 p.m.; Lyman High School, 865 Ronald Reagan Blvd., Longwood; for more information, call (407) 832-3835 or visit www.gujaratisocietycfl.com

MAY 2: SPRING GARBA AND DANDIA; presented by Gujarati Youth Society; 8 p.m. to 1 a.m.; Hindu Society of Central Florida; 1994 Lake Drive, Casselberry; for more information, call Shrey Patel at (407) 404-4949 or Disha Shukla at (407) 221-1644.

JUNE 10-14: 27TH ANNUAL AAPI CONVENTION; organized by the American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin; Dolphin Hotel Convention Center, Walt Disney World, Orlando; for more information, e-mail AAPI Convention Chair Ravi Jahagirdar at r.jahagirdar@aapi2009convention.com or visit www.aapiusa.org

JUNE 19-21: 4TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION; Hindu Temple of Central Florida celebrates its fourth anniversary; devotees are urged to participate in Sahasra Kalasabhishekam and Brahmotsavam; for more information, call Dr. Adi Nalamshetty at (407) 687-5506 or Srinivas Jarugula at (407) 267-7595 or visit www.hindutempleorlando.org

FORT MYERS

APRIL 3: MONTHLY BHAJAN; organized by the Hindu Temple of Southwest Florida; Cypress Lake Middle School, 8901 Cypress Lake Drive, Fort Myers; 7:30 p.m.; sponsors are Vanila Patel family; for more information, call (239) 574-2501 or (239) 404-6638 or visit http://www.hindutempleswfl.com

JACKSONVILLE

APRIL 3: RAM NAVAMI; Seetharama Kalyana Mahotsava; 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.; Hindu Society of N.E. Florida, 4968 Greenland Road, Jacksonville; for details, call (904) 268-7630 or visit www.jaxhindutemple.org

APRIL 4-5: AKHAND RAMAYAN PAATH - CHANTING OF TULSI RAMAYAN; 11 a.m. on Saturday through 11 a.m. Sunday; Hindu Society of N.E. Florida, 4968 Greenland Road, Jacksonville; for details, call (904) 268-7630 or visit www.jaxhindutemple.org

APRIL 7: MAHAVIR SWAMI JAYANTI CELEBRATIONS; Hindu Society of N.E. Florida, 4968 Greenland Road, Jacksonville; for details, call (904) 268-7630 or visit www.jaxhindutemple.org

APRIL 26: TAMIL NEW YEAR DAY CHITHTHIRAI THIRUVIZHA; 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Landmark Middle School, 101 Kernan Blvd. N., Jacksonville; for information, call (904) 262-4688.

MAY 2: SRI ANNAMACHARYA JAYANTHI CELEBRATIONS; Hindu Society of N.E. Florida, 4968 Greenland Road, Jacksonville; for details, call (904) 268-7630 or visit www.jaxhindutemple.org

MELBOURNE (SPACE COAST AREA)

MAY 10: MOTHER'S DAY PICNIC; organized by the Indian Association of the Space Coast (IASC); 1 p.m.; Kiwanis Park, Merritt Island; for more information, visit www.iascbrevard.com

SOUTH FLORIDA

APRIL 11: MUSICAL CONCERT; organized by the Association of Performing Arts of India (www.apaiart.com); Ustad Ali Ahmed Hussain Khan on shehnai with sons Janab Hassan Haider and Janab Ahmed Abbas Khan, along with Pandit Subhen Chetterjee on tabla, will pay tribute to the late Ustad Bismillah Khan; 7 to 9:30 p.m.; Broward County Main Library, 100 S. Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale; tickets are $25 for VIP, $15 for general admission and $5 extra at the door; they can be purchased at www.Ticketweb.com or call 1-866-468-7630.

APRIL 18: INDIAN SENIORS "SPRING" MEET AND GREET; free breakfast, lunch and seminar; 7 a.m.; Quality Inn Sawgrass Conference Center, 1711 N. University Drive, Plantation; for reservation, call (561) 292-3238 or e-mail Chandrabilgi@yahoo.com

THROUGH APRIL 25: BHARATNATYAM DANCE; the Association of Performing Arts of India (APAI) has sponsored to teach Bharatnatyam dance at Florida Atlantic University, Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters, Boca Raton from 3:30 to 4:50 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays; for more information, e-mail Prof. Clarence Brooks at Clarence.Brooks@fau.edu

MAY 2: RHYTHMS OF INDIA; presented by Ekal (www.ekal.org) Foundation South Florida Center in collaboration with local professionals, including Sharmishta Dutta, Shilpa Krishnan, Aparna Matange, Madhavi Menon, Prathiba Natesan, Neha Shah, Rashmi Sridhar, Sangeetha Sridhar, Ranjana Warier and Guardians of Bhangra; 6:30 to 10 p.m.; Hollywood Central Performing Arts Center, 1770 Monroe St., (US 1 and Monroe Street), Hollywood; event includes Bhangra, Bharathnatyam, Bollywood, Kathak, Rabindra Sangeet and Rajasthani folk performances representing classical, contemporary and modern Indian dance forms; $20 admission includes delicious catered Indian dinner; purchase tickets at www.tickets2events.com; for more information, e-mail teamekal@comcast.net.

MAY 23: IRCC IDOL 2009; competition for adults ages 21 and over; polish up your singing, dancing and comedy talent; for more information, visit www.irccflorida.com or e-mail irccidol@googlegroups.com.

TALLAHASSEE

APRIL 11: IATLH SPORTS DAY; organized by the India Association of Tallahassee; Miccosukee Canopy Road Greenway, 5600 Miccosukee Road, Tallahassee; IATLH will provide drinks and prizes; events for every age group and every ability (running, Hop-Step and Jump, Spoon-Lemon Race, Musical Chair); for details, visit www.iatlh.org.



CLASSES

YOGA AND MEDITATION: The Hindu Temple of Florida Vidyalaya presents Yoga and Meditation Classes 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Sundays, starting April 6. Conducted by Shri Sree Reddy, the classes will be held in the temple hall, 5509 Lynn Road, Tampa, FL 33624. Minimal fee of $20 per month for the Raja Yoga and Jyothi Meditation classes will be charged. For information, call Nainan Desai at (813) 931-7442, Indira Sastry at (813) 854-1444, Suman Lingappa at (813) 994-2915 or Gayathri Chandra 813-814-2966.

VEDAS: Veda class is being conducted by B. Ganesan (Ganesh) at the Hindu Temple of Florida, 5509 Lynn Road, Tampa; 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays; an engineer by profession, Ganesan works in Abu Dhabi, teaching Veda mantras for the last 17 years; Sri Rudhram, Chamaham, Sookthams, Upanishads are being taught for Vedic chanting during this free class; for information, call Ganesan at (813) 732-5935.

VIDYALAYA AT HINDU TEMPLE OF FLORIDA: Every Sunday except on public holiday for first-graders to 12th grade; 12:15 to 2:45 p.m.; subjects include Mathematics and English; $25 registration fee per academic year, $125 per fall or winter term; Hindu Temple is at 5509 Lynn Road in Tampa; for more information on Vidyalaya, call Manish Kharod at (813) 963-0616 or Ravi Narayanan at (813) 961-6120.

PANDIT JASRAJ SCHOOL OF MUSIC FOUNDATION: Vocal and harmonium classes by Pandit Rattan Mohan Sharma and Radha Raman Kirtane; table classes (group and special) by Aditya Narayan Banerjee (www.adityabanerjee.com); classes held at different locations depending on the day; for more information, call (813) 960-0176 or e-mail: pjsmftampabay@hotmail.com; Web site: www.pjsmf.com

CHHANDAYAN SCHOOL OF MUSIC: Sitar, vocal and table classes by Hidayat Khan (son of sitar maestro Vilayat Khan), Mithali Bhaumik Banerjee (vocal) and Pandit Sameer Chatterjee (tabla); classes are held in Clearwater; for more information, call Satya Challa at (727) 712-1233 or Viji Reddy at (727) 934-7721 or e-mail sameer@tabla.org

BALVIHAR BY CHINMAYA MISSION OF TAMPA BAY: Sundays from 10am to noon in Tampa; ages 5 through teen; children learn about Hindu religion, culture and festivals through stories from the Ramayana and Bhagwad Gita; for more information on location and fees visit www.chinmayaprasad.org or call Laxmi Sastry at (813) 948-3590 or e-mail nsastry@tampabay.rr.com

SANKARA CULTURAL ALLIANCE OF FLORIDA: classes in Carnatic percussion instruments mridangam, ghatam, kanjira and morsingh by Ghatam Vidwan Sri T.H. Subash Chandran (brother of T.H. "Vikku" Vinayakram) and N. Ganesh Kumar (www.ganeshkanjira.com); classes held in Tampa and at the Hindu Temple of Florida; for more information, call Kala Gangadharan at (813) 979-4598 or Jyothi Venkatachalam at (813) 977-9039 or (813) 404-7899 or e-mail jvenkata@yahoo.com or ganesh@ganeshkanjira.com

TAMPA SHAKHA/BALAGOKULAM: free activities for all ages, including yoga, games, field trips, and shlokas for children and adults; 10:30 a.m. Saturdays, Hindu Temple of Florida, Lynn Road; for more information, call Vijay Singh at (813) 920-7494.

VEDANTA CENTER IN ST. PETERSBURG The Vedanta Center of St. Petersburg, 216 19th Ave. S.E. (first house to the right on crossing Bay Street on 19th Avenue Southeast) holds lectures on Vedanta every Sunday from 11 a.m. to noon by Swami Yuktamanandaji. There also is a Gita class on Wednesday from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m., followed by meditation at the center, which is part of the Ramakrishna Mission and Math of India. For more information, call (727) 896-9840 or click on www.vedantaflorida.com

ORLANDO

JAIN VISHWA BHARATI U.S.A.: Every Saturday classes are held on Pranayam, Yogic Exercise and Relaxation, 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.; donations accepted; JVB Center, 7819 Lillwill Ave., Orlando; for information, call (407) 852-8694 or e-mail jainvishwa@hotmail.com

SOUTH FLORIDA

CHINMAYA MISSION: Classes and activities for adults and children from kindergarten to grade 12 on Hindu culture, based on the universal philosophy of Advaita Vedanta (Oneness); times and days vary; for information, e-mail studygroup@CMmiami.org


PLACES OF WORSHIP

TAMPA/ST. PETERSBURG/CLEARWATER

HINDU TEMPLE OF FLORIDA: 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday; 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday; 5509 Lynn Road, Tampa, FL 33624; (813) 962-6890.

DADA BHAGWAN’S GROUP OF TAMPA BAY: Satsang every Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m.; everyone is invited; call Ramesh Patel at (813) 926-1143 or Mukesh Patel at (813) 969-1740.

JAIN SOCIETY OF TAMPA BAY: Monthly bhavna from 3 to 5 p.m. every fourth Sunday; also, non-Jains can take Dev Darshan of statues made of marbles by sculpture-artist from Rajasthan; 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 5 to 7 p.m.; both events at Days Inn hotel at Fletcher Avenue and Interstate 75; call Kini Shah at (813) 503-0715 or Pradeep Bavishi at (727) 525-5400.

VISHNU MANDIR: 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sunday only, discourse by Pandit Vishnu Sharma; 5303 Lynn Road, Tampa, FL 33624; (813) 654-2551.

SANATAN MANDIR: 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Sunday; 311 East Palm Ave., Tampa, FL 33602; (813) 221-4482.

SHRI SARASWATI DEVI MANDIR: 9:30 a.m. to noon Sunday only; officiating priest is Pandit Purnanan Sharma; 16220 Livingston Avenue, Lutz, FL 33559; (813) 264-1539.

SHRI RADHA-KRISHNA MANDIR: daily morning arotik at 7 followed by Srimad-Bhavatavam class; 6 p.m. Sunday and 7 p.m. Wednesday Bhagavad-Gita class followed by prasadam; 14610 N. 17th St., Tampa; (813) 971-6474 or click on www.iskcontampa.com

BAPS SHRI SWAMINARAYAN MANDIR: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily; darshan is closed between noon and 4 p.m. but reopens at 4 p.m.; 9226 E. Fowler Ave. (between Interstate 75 and U.S. 301); (813) 986-5473.

MANAV DHARMA ASHRAM: sumiran is from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. first Thursday of every month; satsang is 5 to 7 p.m. on Sunday, followed by dinner; yoga classes begin at 7:30 a.m. Saturday; bhajans are 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. every third Sunday; 7520 Caron Road, Tampa, FL 33615; call the ashram at (813) 889-7155, Himatlal Parekh at (813) 969-1661 or Ashok Modh at (813) 935-3439.

SHREE YAMUNA PREETI SEVA SAMAJ: Pushtimargiya Satsang Mandal invites Vaishnavs of Tampa Bay area to weekend Satsang sabhas and kirtans; 1340 Robin Road S., St. Petersburg, FL 33707; call Smitabein Patel at (813) 961-3816 or Himatlal Parekh at (813) 969-1661.

ISLAMIC SOCIETY OF TAMPA BAY AREA MOSQUE: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily; 7326 E. Sligh Ave., Tampa, FL 33601; Tel: (813) 628-0007.

GURDWARA: 8 a.m. till 8 p.m. daily; 15302 Morris Bridge Road, Thonotosassa, FL 33592; (813) 986-6205.

CHURCH OF SOUTH INDIA (CSI) CONGREGATION OF FLORIDA: Worship services at 10 a.m. every Sunday at Springhill Missionary Baptist Church, 8119 E. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Tampa, FL 33619; for information, call John Philip at (813) 986-6844 or Daniel Cherian (Anand) at (813) 985-9890 or click on www.csichurchflorida.org

ORLANDO AREA

HINDU SOCIETY OF CENTRAL FLORIDA: 8:30 a.m. to noon and 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday through Friday; 8:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; 1994 Lake Drive, Casselberry, FL 32707; (407) 699-5277.

GURDWARA, SIKH SOCIETY OF CENTRAL FLORIDA: 11:30 A.M. to 1 p.m. Sunday; 2527 W. Aloma Ave. (west State Road 426), Oviedo; (407) 805-0404.

MASJID AL-RAHIM, ISLAMIC SOCIETY OF CENTRAL FLORIDA, WEST ORLANDO: five times daily prayers and pray on Friday; 4962 Old Winter Garden Road, Orlando, FL 32811; (407) 523-7882.

SARASWATI DEVI MANDIR/INDO CARIBBEAN CENTER: Sunday service is from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.; all special days observed with worship; 1453 N. Pine Hills Road, Orlando, FL 32808; for information, call (407) 522-1988 or click on www.saraswatidevimandir.com

SHRI SHIVDHAM HINDU TEMPLE AND BRAHMRISHI YOGASHRAM: 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. daily; 460 O’Berry Hoover Road, Orlando, FL 32825; (407) 380-2661 or e-mail ymcco@yahoo.com

SANTOSHI MA TEMPLE: bhajan and aarti first Friday of every month; 10900 Park Ridge Gotha Road, Windermere, FL 34786; (407) 996-2830.

SHRI DEVI BHAVAN: 9 A.M. TO 11:30 a.m. every Sunday; Pandit is Eshwar Persaud; 6206 W. Amelia St., Orlando, FL 32835; (407) 822-8057.

SHRI LAXMINARAYAN MANDIR: 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Sunday; 269 N. Klondike Ave., Pine Hills, FL 32811; (407) 877-7916.

SHRI SWAMINARAYAN MANDIR (BAPS): 1325 W. Oak Ridge Road, Orlando, FL 32809; (407) 857-0091.

POINCIANA HINDU MANDIR INC.: 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. each Sunday and on special festivals; 3999 Monterey Road, Kissimmee, FL 34758; (407) 873-2679.

LAKELAND(POLK COUNTY)

SHRI SWAMINARAYAN TEMPLE: 2793 New Tampa Highway, Lakeland, FL 33815; (863) 682-8260.

ALACHUA (ALACHUA COUNTY)

ISKCON OF ALACHUA (International Society for Krishna Consciousness): founder is A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, P.O. Box 819, Alachua, FL 32616; (386) 462-2017.

INVERNESS (CITRUS COUNTY)

SHIRDI SAI CENTER: 4707 Pleasant Grove Road, Inverness, FL 34452; for timings of the center and any other information, call (352) 860-2181 or e-mail shirdi@gowebco.com

JACKSONVILLE/ORANGE PARK

HINDU SOCIETY OF NORTHEAST FLORIDA (HSNEF): 714 Park Ave., Orange Park; for information, call (904) 269-1155 or click on www.jaxhindutemple.org

SOUTH FLORIDA (MIAMI AREA)

SOUTH FLORIDA HINDU TEMPLE: 13010 W. Griffin Road, Southwest Ranches, FL 33330; for timings and classes at the temple, call (954) 438-3675 or e-mail info@sfht.org

SHIVA VISHNU TEMPLE OF SOUTH FLORIDA: 5661 Dykes Road, Southwest Ranches, FL 33331; 9 a.m. to noon and 6 to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, Sunday and holidays; call (954) 689-0471 or click on www.shivavishnu.org

SHIVA MANDIR: 3000 N.W. 29TH Ave., Oakland Park Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309; for information, call (954) 735-3560 or click on www.fhosm.com

ISLAMIC CENTER OF BOCA RATON: 3100 N.W. FIFTH AVE., Boca Raton, FL 33431; for information, call (561) 395-7221 or click on www.icbr.org

SIKH GURUDWARA: 1600 S.W. 60th St., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33331; for information, call (954) 680-0221.


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